New Bill Would Award Congressional Gold Medal To 13 Service Members Killed In Afghanistan

The brave U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan may finally get the honor they deserve.

Support is growing behind a bill in Congress that would award the Congressional Gold Medal to the 13 U.S. service members killed in the chaotic withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan last month.

“I’m encouraged that this legislation to honor the 13 servicemembers killed in Afghanistan last week is receiving overwhelming support from both sides of the aisle,” said Rep. Lisa McClain, R-Mich. “I urge House leadership to quickly pass this bill so we can honor the lives of our fallen servicemembers.”

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The bill has been joined by several other members of Congress on both sides of the aisle, a rare moment of bipartisanship to honor those Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

“The 13 service members who were killed in the recent Kabul terrorist attacks are American heroes,” said House Republican Whip Steve Scalise, R-La. “They made the ultimate sacrifice protecting innocent men, women, and children in Afghanistan. I am proud to support Congresswoman McClain’s legislation, which awards the Congressional Gold Medal to each fallen service member. I would like to offer my deepest sympathies and prayers to the military families who lost a husband, a wife, a son, or a daughter. We are praying for the Americans still stranded behind enemy lines, as well as the Afghan people.”

The legislation now has roughly 250 cosponsors, which means the bill could soon become law.

“Our troops gave everything to protect us,” said Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich. “This bipartisan bill shows that, regardless of political party, we must honor every single fallen servicemember and support their families however we can. These gold medals won’t bring back their loved ones, but they will represent the courage, strength, and sacrifice the 13 brave servicemembers gave on behalf of their country.”

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